Meaning of “depressing” in the English Dictionary

"depressing" in British English

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depressingadjective

uk /dɪˈpres.ɪŋ/ us /dɪˈpres.ɪŋ/

B2 making you feel unhappy and without hope for the future:

This weather is so depressing.
Her letter made depressing reading.
[ + -ing verb ] It was very depressing watching the news tonight.
[ + to infinitive ] It's depressing to think that it will soon be winter.

More examples

  • Everywhere looks so grey and depressing in winter.
  • I find the hopelessness of the situation very depressing.
  • It's depressing to realize how quickly you get old.
  • "Did you enjoy the film?" "No, actually it was rather depressing, but beautifully made."
  • The holiday will soon be over - that's a depressing thought.

(Definition of “depressing” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"depressing" in American English

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depressingadjective

/dɪˈpres·ɪŋ/

making you feel unhappy and without hope:

Life is depressing enough, I don’t need depressing movies.
depressingly
adverb us /dɪˈpres·ɪŋ·li/

My score was depressingly low.

(Definition of “depressing” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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